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This document describes how to make a release of Flume. It is a work in progress and should be refined by the Release Manager (RM) as they come across aspects of the release process not yet documented here.

NOTE: For the purpose of illustration, this document assumes that the version being released is 1.0.0, and the following development version will become 1.1.0.


Policy documents

The policy on releasing artifacts from an incubating Apache project is stated in the Guide to Release Management During Incubation. While Flume is now a top-level project, that guide is still a good resource for new release managers since it contains what are considered to be best practices.

The Release Manager (RM) must go through the policy document to understand all the tasks and responsibilities of running a release.

Give a heads up

The RM should first create an umbrella issue and then setup a timeline for release branch point. The time for the day the umbrella issue is created to the release branch point must be at least two weeks in order to give the community a chance to prioritize and commit any last minute features and issues they would like to see in the upcoming release.

The RM should then send the pointer to the umbrella issue along with the tentative timeline for branch point to the user and developer lists. Any work identified as release related that needs to be completed should be added as a subtask of the umbrella issue to allow users to see the overall release progress in one place.

TODO: Add an email template to send out

JIRA cleanup

1. Before a release is done, make sure that any issues that are fixed have their fixVersion setup correctly. Run the following JIRA query to see which resolved issues do not have their fix version set up correctly:

JIRA: project = Flume and Resolution = Fixed and fixVersion is EMPTY

The result of the above query should be empty. If some issues do show up in this query that have been fixed since the last release, please bulk-edit them to set the fix version to the version being released.

2. Since the JIRA release note tool will list all JIRAs associated with a particular fixVersion regardless of their Resolution, you may want to remove fixVersion on issues declared as "Duplicate", "Won't Fix", "Works As Expected", etc. You can use this query to find those issues, then just bulk edit them and leave the fixVersion field blank when editing them. (Note that you will need to replace "v1.4.0" below with the version you are trying to release.)

JIRA: project = Flume AND Status != Resolved AND Resolution != Fixed AND fixVersion = "v1.4.0"

3. Finally, check out the output of the JIRA release note tool to see which JIRAs are included in the release, in order to do a sanity check.

Monitor active issues

It is important that between the time that the umbrella issue is filed to the time when the release branch is created, no experimental or potentially destabilizing work is checked into the trunk. While it is acceptable to introduce major changes, they must be thoroughly reviewed and have good test coverage to ensure that the release branch does not start of being unstable.

If necessary the RM can discuss if certain issues should be fixed on the trunk in this time, and if so what is the gating criteria for accepting them.

Creating Release Artifacts

Communicate with the community

1. Send an email to to

Notify that you are about to branch.
Ask to hold off any commits until this is finished.

2. Send another email after branching is done.

Update the LICENSE file

The release manager is responsible for updating the LICENSE file to provide accurate license information for all binary artifacts contained in the codebase. This is a tedious and painstaking process, and must be performed for each release that includes a binary artifact.

Prepare branches and create tag

In this section, the release is X.Y.Z (e.g. 1.3.0)

1. Checkout the trunk.

git clone flume

2. Update CHANGELOG in the trunk to indicate the changes going into the new version.

The change list can be swiped from the JIRA release note tool (use the "text" format for the change log). See JIRA Cleanup above to ensure that the release notes generated by this tool are what you are expecting. Additionally, in the last two releases we have re-ordered the issues to be New Features, Improvements, Bugs, etc as by default the least important items are at the top.

3. Update the "version" value of all pom.xml and RELEASE-NOTES in trunk to X.(Y+1).0:

git checkout trunk
find . -name pom.xml | xargs sed -i "" -e "s/X.Y.0-SNAPSHOT/X.$(Y+1).0-SNAPSHOT/"
find flume-ng-doc/ -name "*.rst" | xargs  sed -i "" -e "s/X.Y.0-SNAPSHOT/X.$(Y+1).0-SNAPSHOT/"
git add .
git commit -m "FLUME-XXXX: Preparing for the X.Y release"

4. Find hash for use later

git log

5. Create a branch for the X.(Y+1) release series

E.g. flume-1.5 should be branched off of flume-1.4

git checkout flume-X.Y
git checkout -b flume-X.(Y+1)
git cherry-pick <hash from the previous step>

6. Push the changes up stream

git push -u origin trunk:trunk
git push -u origin flume-X.Y:flume-X.Y

7. Checkout the release branch:

git checkout flume-X.Y

8. Remove -SNAPSHOT from the release branch and commit

find . -name pom.xml | xargs sed -i "" -e "s/X.Y.0-SNAPSHOT/X.Y.0/"
find flume-ng-doc/ -name "*.rst" | xargs  sed -i "" -e "s/X.Y.0-SNAPSHOT/X.Y.0/"
git add .
git commit -m "FLUME-XXXX: Removing -SNAPSHOT from X.Y branch"

9. Ensure RELEASE-NOTES has the appropriate version and description of the release.

10. Tag a candidate:

git tag -a release-X.Y.Z -m "Apache Flume X.Y.Z release."
git push origin release-X.Y.Z

If an rc1, rc2, etc is needed, delete that tag before creating a new one:

git tag -d release-X.Y.Z
git push origin :refs/tags/release-X.Y.Z

Performing sanity check

1. Check out the candidate

git checkout release-X.Y.Z

2. Generate a tarball

mvn clean install -DskipTests

3. Unpack the source tarball

cd flume-ng-dist/target
rm -rf ./apache-flume-X.Y.Z-src/
tar xzvf apache-flume-X.Y.Z-src.tar.gz

4. Do another full build inside the source tarball. This time, allow all unit tests & integration tests to run and also include the docs

cd apache-flume-X.Y.Z-src
mvn clean install -Psite

5. Verify that the HTML docs that should have been generated inside the binary artifact under /docs are there and do not have rendering errors.

Signatures and Checksums

All artifacts must be signed and checksummed. In order to sign a release you will need a PGP key. You should get your key signed by a few other people. You will also need to recv their keys from a public key server. See the Apache release signing page for more details.

1. Add your key to the KEYS file:

(gpg --list-sigs <your-email> && gpg --armor --export <your-email>) >> KEYS

And commit the changes.

2. Create and sign the artifacts, including site docs

From the flume root directory

mvn clean deploy -Psite -Psign -DskipTests

This will sign, hash, and upload each artifact to Nexus.

Note: the checksum files will not be mirrored; They should be downloaded from the main apache dist site.

Do the same for javadoc and source artifacts:

mvn javadoc:jar gpg:sign deploy:deploy
mvn source:jar gpg:sign deploy:deploy

3. Publish Staging repository

Login to and select Staging Repositories on the left under Build Promotion.

Select org.apache.flume from the list of repositories, verify it looks OK, and then click Close using "Apache Flume X.Y.Z" as the description to allow others to see the repository. Note that the staging repository will have a numeric id associated with it that will be used later

4. Copy artifacts to

Copy the apache-flume-X.Y.Z-{bin,src}.tar.gz{,.{asc,md5,sha1}} files to

$ ssh
$ cd public_html
$ mkdir apache-flume-X.Y.Z-rcN
$ cd apache-flume-X.Y.Z-rcN
$ wget --no-check-certificate{src,bin}.tar.gz{,.{asc,md5,sha1}}
$ for file in flume-ng-dist-*; do mv $file $(echo $file | sed -e "s/flume-ng-dist/apache-flume/g");done

Running the vote

Call for dev list votes

Send an email to list. For example,

Subject: [VOTE] Release Apache Flume version X.Y.Z RC1

This is the XXXXX release for Apache Flume as a top-level project,
version X.Y.Z. We are voting on release candidate RC1.

It fixes the following issues:

*** Please cast your vote within the next 72 hours ***

The tarball (*.tar.gz), signature (*.asc), and checksums (*.md5, *.sha1)
for the source and binary artifacts can be found here:

Maven staging repo:

The tag to be voted on:;a=commit;h=<commit-hash-of-the-tag>

Flume's KEYS file containing PGP keys we use to sign the release:

You need 3 +1 votes from Flume PMC members for a release.

Rolling out the Release

Upload the artifacts

Source and convenience artifacts

svn checkout dist-flume
cd dist-flume
mkdir 1.0.0
cp <all release artifacts including asc/checksum files> 1.0.0/
svn rm stable # remove older version link
ln -s 1.0.0 stable # update stable version link
svn add stable 1.0.0
svn commit

It may take up to 24 hours for all mirrors to sync up.

Deploy Maven artifacts

General instructions on how to deploy the poms and jars to Maven Central can be found at the Apache page on publishing maven artifacts.

Flume-specific instructions:

After you get your settings.xml file configured correctly (see above link) then you can run: mvn clean deploy -Psite -DskipTests -Papache-release to push the artifacts to the staging repo.
You will need to go to the Apache Maven Repository @ and log in with your Apache LDAP credentials
Once you log in you will see Build Promotion > Staging Repositories on the left hand side
You will want to edit the Flume artifacts that you don't want to push to Maven (you can delete stuff like the release tarball)
Click Close to make the atrifacts available on the Staging repository.
To push to Central, you click Release.

Announce the release

Send an email to (the from: address must be For example,

Subject: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Flume 1.2.0 released

The Apache Flume team is pleased to announce the release of Flume
version 1.2.0.

Flume is a distributed, reliable, and available service for efficiently
collecting, aggregating, and moving large amounts of log data.

This release can be downloaded from the Flume download page at:

The change log and documentation are available on the 1.2.0 release page:

Your help and feedback is more than welcome. For more information on how
to report problems and to get involved, visit the project website at

The Apache Flume Team

Update the website

  1. Checkout
  2. Add a page to the content/sphinx/releases directory for the new release, with the Changelog and links to the documentation (refer previous release pages for details. The documentation should simply use the same paths as the previous releases with correct versions - the documentation will be checked in directly to the production website as mentioned below).
  3. Update content/sphinx/releases/index.rst to update the pointer to the latest release.
  4. Update content/sphinx/download.rst to also point to the latest release.
  5. Update content/sphinx/index.rst as necessary to add a News item to the home page.
  6. Copy the release version of the FlumeUserGuide.rst and FlumeDeveloperGuide.rst to the Documentation directory.
  7. Commit the changes to svn. Go to - Stage and publish the changes.
  8. Checkout
  9. Create a directory with the current release's directory name under content/releases/content (e.g., content/releases/content/1.3.1)
  10. Copy both the HTML and PDF versions of the user guide and developer guide (manually generate the PDF from the HTML files), and the javadocs (apidocs directory) into this directory.
  11. Commit the changes to svn. Done!
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